- Bella Donna (album)
Name = Bella Donna
July 27, 1981
Genre = Rock
Length = 41:57
Jimmy Iovineand Tom Petty
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Last album =
This album = "Bella Donna" (1981)
Next album = "The Wild Heart" (1983)
Color = orange
"Bella Donna" is the debut solo album by American
singer/ songwriterand Fleetwood Macvocalist Stevie Nicks. Released in July 1981, the album hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts in September of that year, remaining there for one week. "Bella Donna" was awarded Platinum status by the RIAAthree months after its release on October 7, 1981, and has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. by 2004. Worldwide, it remains her best-selling solo album to date.
The album spawned four substantial hit singles during 1981 and 1982: the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-penned duet "
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (#3), the Don Henleyduet "Leather and Lace" (#6), the iconic "Edge of Seventeen" (#11), and country-tinged "After the Glitter Fades" (#32).
"Bella Donna" would mark the beginning of Nicks' trend of calling upon her many musician friends and connections to fully realize her sparse demo recordings. Along with friends
Tom Pettyand Don Henley, Nicks brought in famed session musician Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, and Muscle Shoalssession man Donald "Duck" Dunnof Booker T. & the MGs. Though "Bella Donna"'s personnel list includes some 20 musicians, the album is very much Nicks' own work, with all but one of the songs on the record written by her.
The album also marked the first recording featuring Nicks' back up vocalists and friends, Sharon Celani and Lori Perry, who still record and tour with Nicks today.
Nicks began work on "Bella Donna" in 1979, in between sessions for her third album as part of Fleetwood Mac, "Tusk", released in October that year. The initial recordings for the album were in demo form, with Nicks accompanying herself on piano or electric piano for songs that were initially planned for inclusion but later shelved, such as "Lady from the Mountain," "Castaway," "Gypsy" (later resurrected for Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" in 1982), and "I Sing for the Things" (later re-recorded for 1985's solo album "
Rock a Little").
Further demos were recorded during Fleetwood Mac's extensive ten-month world tour of 1979–80 including a notable April 1980 session with Tom Petty that ultimately went unused; following the tour's end in September 1980, work with a full band of other musicians commenced. Among the earliest songs recorded during the autumn 1980 sessions were "Blue Lamp," "Outside the Rain," and "How Still My Love."Numerous sessions and multiple takes ensued, including various re-recordings, well into the spring of 1981, when the final songs for the album, "Edge of Seventeen" and "
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," were completed. A trove of finished material for the album, with the same band of musicians, was not included on the official ten-song 42-minute album release in the summer of 1981 – "Blue Lamp," which was released instead on the "Heavy Metal" soundtrack later in 1981, "Gold and Braid," performed live in concert during Nicks' 1981 concert tour, and "Sleeping Angel," released on the "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" soundtrack in 1982. These three songs feature on her Enchanted boxed set. "Julia" and "If You Were My Love" remain unreleased completed takes.
Nicks recorded several solo piano demos for the album that were not recorded with the full band personnel, such as "China Doll," "Christian (Spinning Wheels)," and "Stay Away," and other songs were attempted but not completed with the full band, such as "Bell Flower" and "Sanctuary." Nicks attempted some of the unreleased songs for future albums but a wealth of material from the "Bella Donna" era remains unreleased.
Video footage of the album sessions can be found on the DVD portion of Nicks' 2007 retrospective release "Crystal Visions".
All songs written by
Stevie Nicks, except where noted.
#"Bella Donna" – 5:18
#"Kind of Woman" (Nicks,
Benmont Tench) – 3:08
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" ( Tom Petty, Mike Campbell) – 4:02
#* Performed by
Stevie Nicks& Tom Petty"
#"Think About It" (Nicks,
Roy Bittan) – 3:33
#"After the Glitter Fades" – 3:27
#"Edge of Seventeen" – 5:28
#"How Still My Love" – 3:51
#"Leather and Lace" – 3:55
#* Performed by
Stevie Nicks& Don Henley
#"Outside the Rain" – 4:17
#"The Highwayman" – 4:49
Stevie Nicks– vocals
* Lori Perry – backup vocals
* Sharon Celani – backup vocals
Waddy Wachtel– guitar
Davey Johnstone– acoustic guitar
Bob Glaub– bass guitar
Duck Dunn– bass guitar
Tom Moncrieff– bass guitar
Richard Bowden– bass guitar
Dan Dugmore– pedal steel guitar
*Bill Elliott – piano
Russ Kunkel– drums
Bobbye Hall– percussion
Phil Jones– percussion
Roy Bittan– piano
*Billy Payne – piano
David Adelstein– synthesizer
* [http://www.nicksfix.com/ The Official Stevie Nicks web site]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:p9q8b5z4tsqg~T10 AMG Entry for Stevie Nicks]
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